Yasuhiko Fujiwara, born in Miki City, is a renowned and highly skilled blacksmith celebrated for his exceptional craftsmanship. Holding the esteemed title of Dento Kogeishi, certified by Japan as a master of traditional artistry, he carries on a legacy dating back to 1927 as the third generation of the Fujiwara Kogatana Seisakusho. Personally overseeing every step of knife production, Yasuhiko ensures meticulous attention to detail. With passion and dedication, he expertly forges blades, infusing innovation into his work, resulting in extraordinary knives that bear the mark of his unparalleled skill and ancestral traditions.
A fourth-generation blacksmith from Miki City, the oldest blacksmith town in Japan, possesses a rich heritage of craftsmanship. He refined his expertise in crafting both double-edged and single-edged knives in Takefu City, Fukui Prefecture, under the tutelage of a traditional artisan, contributing to the inception of the Seikisaku brand. With his deft hands, each knife is transformed into a masterpiece, showcasing his versatility and mastery in the realm of blacksmithing. Owning one of Shigeki Tanaka's creations not only provides you with an exceptional cutting tool but also grants you a piece of history and a testament to the dedication to the art of knife-making, epitomizing the enduring traditions of Japanese craftsmanship.
Located in the Ibaraki Prefecture outside of the Tokyo region, these two master blacksmiths are hand forging high carbon masterpieces!
Isamitsu is a smaller company focused on unique handcrafted designs using high quality materials. They design their knives with high carbon steel such as Aogami Super (Blue Super Steel), shirogami (white steel #1), and aoniko (blue steel #2) along with locally sourced wood such as maple and burberry.
Hand forged Aogami Super (Blue Super Steel) is one of the hardest materials to forge due to the composition and requires the utmost skill.
We are incredibly honored to be working with these two master blacksmiths!
"At Hasu-Seizo, our aspiration is to serve as a connection between the rich heritage of Japanese traditional craftsmanship, refined over centuries, and our cherished customers. Our mission is to curate a selection of Japanese knives and products that enable you to truly witness, experience, and appreciate the training and expertise possessed by these skilled artisans."
"Through our offerings, we aim to provide you with an opportunity to not only see and touch these exceptional creations but also to delve into the profound thoughts and soulful craftsmanship embodied by Japanese artisans. By bringing these extraordinary products into your life, you will have the chance to forge a deeper understanding and connection with the meticulous artistry of Japan's craftsmen." - Midori & Ryan
Japanese cooking knives have the reputation of being some of the best in the industry, and if you’ve ever wondered why, you’ve come to the right place. For starters, Japanese knife making is a fine art mastered only by a handful of individuals, and this is because the knives are made to exact and high standards.
If you’ve already purchased a nice set of Japanese chef knives, you obviously consider quality to be something important. Maintaining sharp and pristine Japanese knives is essential to preserve their purpose and investment.
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Like the first, this is beautifully machined and finished and easy to get scary sharp with a few strokes over a strop. I am happy to have Midori and her team curate knives for our kitchen as we slowly upgrade our kitchen cutlery..
From the handwritten note, to the speed of delivery and undoubtable quality of the knife, this was a purchase I would do again. The knife itself was not only remarkable in composition and quality, but is truly a piece that will stand the test of time.
I've learned to appreciate hand crafted items whenever possible and I love the idea of having something durable that I can probably hand down to my son decades from now. The knife is gorgeous, feels well balanced and is very comfortable in my hand (it's also razor sharp!). This is my first Japanese knife, but I know it will not be my last. Hasu-Seizo was a delight to deal with and I love knowing that I'm purchasing from a small family business that clearly appreciates my patronage; I will definitely be purchasing from them again.
I bought one shear during a tour in Japan because it seemed like a nice one, and I wanted to try it out, because it was in a store with very fine and expensive Japanese knives, which I think was an actual Sakai store. When I got back to California, my wife liked it so much that I bought two more when I found it in the Hasu-Seizo web site, when I couldn't find it on Amazon or eBay. These are excellent sharp and strong shears. We gave one to my wife's sister, and she loves it too.
Light, nimble, sexy ! No it’s not a sports car. It’s this knife. It’s now my favorite knife I own. Dealing with this guys was a treat. It arrived from overseas quickly . The box was gift wrapped, had a hand written note, origami and a band aid (awfully clever especially after checking how sharp the blade is) I’ll certainly make additional purchases here.
The knife that I got was exactly as great as the photo and description on the website. Shipped very quickly, and was packaged and wrapped really beautifully. There were hand written notes inside that made it feel like a gift—a really nice touch. Will definitely order from this website again.
Hasu-Seizo was created with the desire to share the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Japanese knife makers with home and professional chefs around the world. Our selection of Japanese kitchen knives from Nakiri to Gyuto and Usuba to Shobu will leave you breathless.
Hasu-Seizo is a family-owned and operated business based in Seattle that sells handcrafted artisan Japanese knives. Our knives come from a range of Japanese blacksmiths from a variety of prefectures. Our primary knife maker, the Sakai Takayuki brand, is manufactured by our family, blacksmiths, and other master craftsmen in Osaka.
Our passion for the history and traditions of the Japanese knife-making process inspired us to start Hasu-Seizo. We want to educate our customers about the various Japanese knife types and why they're so unique. Our online Japanese knife store has the best kitchen knives to help you achieve your full potential in the kitchen.
There are several ways to distinguish a Japanese knife from a Western-style knife. Generally speaking, Japanese knives are lighter and feel more balanced when you're holding them. They're made of stainless steel or a type of high-carbon steel called Yasugi hagane, which is hand-forged by professionals to be harder and thinner. Additionally, traditional Japanese kitchen knives are single bevel while the Western style knives are double bevel. These qualities make them well-suited to precise tasks.
The Japanese knife-making process has a rich history that can be traced back to the Sengoku period (1467-1568 CE) with the perfection of the katana. It's a complex art that has been passed down through generations through hard work and apprenticeship.
There are many types of Japanese knives, each of which is optimized for a specific purpose. Gyuto chef knives, for example, are average-sized knives ideal for a wide variety of kitchen tasks such as slicing meat and larger vegetables. Nakiri knives, recognizable by their rectangular blade, are razor-sharp, making them well-suited to cutting vegetables and herbs.
Before purchasing a Japanese knife, you should first identify what tasks you intend to use that knife for. This will save you from accidentally buying a butchery knife when you primarily prepare vegetables or herbs and a Japanese vegetable knife like the Nakiri would best serve your needs.
We recommend reading the product descriptions on our website to determine which knife is best suited to you or our Knife Buying Guide. If you're still unsure, we encourage you to contact our helpful staff for guidance. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
Japanese knives require daily attention to maintain their incredibly high performance. Their performance can even improve over time, so long as the owner cares for them properly. You can protect the delicate blade of your Japanese knife by using them with a wooden end grain board rather than marble, glass, steel, or bamboo boards.
Your Japanese knife should also be hand-washed immediately after being used with a mild detergent. Once you've dried it with a cloth, be sure to store it in an area that's cool and dry. When possible storing your Japanese kitchen knives in a knife protector or saya (sheath) will extend the life of your blades as well.
Japanese knives, if used regularly, should be professionally sharpened once or twice a year. Honing the knives can be performed prior to each use to ensure clean slicing but is not necessary for most home use.
If you opt for sharpening your own knives, we would advise against steel honing rods. Japanese knives should be sharpened at an angle of about 10-20 degrees using a whetstone. For more detailed information, see our Knife Maintenance Guide.
If you don't feel confident about taking on this task yourself, we encourage you to opt for a professional's services.
Buying online has come a long way recently but we understand the challenges. We are here to help you make the best choice possible.
Don't see your question answered in the FAQs above? If you'd like to learn more about our Japanese knife shop online, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
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